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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7000 on: September 04, 2016, 11:19:43 AM »
I mended the pocket of a pair of trousers.

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« Reply #7001 on: September 04, 2016, 09:46:34 PM »
Rearranged and repurposed stuff to meet my organizational needs, instead of buying new things.  Specifically, I was thinking of buying milk crates to hold towels, and remembered I had a couple in the shop.  Used a horse supplement bucket to store the horses' salt, and another one for gathering up chicken poo.  Rounded up some tins from bulk olive and sesame oil and used them to store zip ties, etc.

Improvised a savory cornbread French toast to use up leftover cornbread for breakfast, as well as eating other leftovers.

Started a batch of salsa verde from garden produce, which I'll can tomorrow.

Made a big batch of green soup to can or freeze for later, since I'm overrun with chard, parsley, kale and collards right now, and eat loads of green soup in the winter.

Put the good handle off a worn-out shop broom on the good head of a broom that had a broken handle.  Still planning to repair the broken handle and use the worn-out broom in the garden or horse trailer.


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« Reply #7002 on: September 04, 2016, 10:05:54 PM »
Had a discussion with internet provider over a bill that was five times what we usually pay.

We moved, they managed to charge us two full months for apartment A and a full month for apartment B, even though we only had internet for a combined 21 days last month.

They charged us a service fee.

And they charged us for a new router, despite the customer service rep who handled the transfer promising the router would be free of charge.

I've had $120 knocked off the bill so far, but I'm not paying it till the fee for the router is also removed,

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« Reply #7003 on: September 05, 2016, 05:48:45 AM »
Took out a (small) amount of cash and am taking the toddler Apple-picking this morning.

Grocery stores around here are listing apples at 2.50$/lb, which is LUDICROUS. The local orchard does you-pick for under 1$/lb, Toddler loves apples, and it gives a nice morning of entertainment on a day off work. Done and done.

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« Reply #7004 on: September 05, 2016, 08:50:04 AM »
Because potatoes were on sale but don't keep well in our pantry:

*Made a Spanish tortilla (basically a potato frittata) for breakfast. Super cheap and has a decent amount of protein.
*Making a batch of my mom's "braided egg bread" since it uses mashed potatoes. This will make 2 loaves to freeze (each good for 2 French toast breakfasts) and 8-10 rolls for burgers or sandwiches.
*Potato salad with dinner tomorrow.

Yesterday we used the wild elderberries we've been picking to make syrup to take as an immunity supplement. We found more bushes that aren't yet ripe, so we're also planning on jelly later in the fall.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7005 on: September 05, 2016, 09:06:05 AM »
got a haircut at home for the first time.
it doesn't save much money.
but i think we'll get fast enough that it will save me a lot of time in the future.

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« Reply #7006 on: September 05, 2016, 09:08:34 AM »
Doing lots of work this labor day weekend, and doing it ourselves of course.

-Bought paint on sale from Home Depot's labor day sale. $10 back on each gal ($26/per originally). Also used a $5 off $50 or more coupon I got for signing up with a mailing list.
-Painted our dining room
-Today repainting DH's office (repainted the ceiling yesterday).
-For the painting: skipped the painters tape ($$$$$ and so much work) and just taking it slow and cutting in. Also bought nicer rollers and area cleaning them and reusing them
-Had the paint counter look at the old paint the last owners left (we need to do touchups). Said the paint was fine we just need to filter it. $0.98 cone filters later, and we're in business. Saved us the price and struggle of matching the old paint.
-Replaced the lighting ourselves (4 sconces, 2 chandeliers). Going to list the old fixtures online.
-Got together with the neighbors to take out a bush they hate on our shared property line. Borrowed a tool from another neighbor, used my truck and chain to pull out the stumps. Neighbor and I each drove a truck load of brush out to a local bark/soil place, $5 dump fee. Because neighbors were the ones who wanted to bush GONE (we mildly disliked it, they hated it), they paid for materials to fill the area back in. And chose beautiful nice loamy soil. They did a dry creek arrangement on their side. I can't wait to plant my side, but need to make a plan. Yay good soil.
-Liked a rug we got off overstock, and they still had 2 available. We're getting one more- I used a 12% off coupon, and it was discounted for labor day. Not quite as cheap as I got the first one, but only ~$8 more. These are helping me cover high traffic areas (aka, stained to hell) and get away with not replacing our wall to wall carpet for a couple years.

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« Reply #7007 on: September 05, 2016, 09:18:09 AM »
Saved us the ... struggle of matching the old paint.

What a productive weekend you are having!

If you do have to match old paint, take a sample in and places like Home Depot use a machine that tells them how to mix up the same color.  No struggle at all.

Sometimes the staff laugh at the sample I bring in, but I'm tough enough to take it.

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« Reply #7008 on: September 05, 2016, 02:06:52 PM »
Saved us the ... struggle of matching the old paint.

What a productive weekend you are having!

If you do have to match old paint, take a sample in and places like Home Depot use a machine that tells them how to mix up the same color.  No struggle at all.

Sometimes the staff laugh at the sample I bring in, but I'm tough enough to take it.

I just meant that if the paints been on for a while, it can be hard to match. Light changes, batch of paint, etc. Hard to get it to work well, sometimes you have to go a shade lighter or darker for a good patch. =)

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« Reply #7009 on: September 05, 2016, 04:05:00 PM »
My husband wanted to take part in an event with a $1700 entry fee.

I thought that was steep just for a fun weekend, so he called the organisers and explained what he does for a living. Bam, free entry.

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« Reply #7010 on: September 06, 2016, 09:47:38 AM »
Left the windows open overnight to air the paint smell out of the house. Woke up and it was 63 degrees inside. Instead of turning on the heat, I made a "nest" for the dog and then I mopped all the floors. I'm warm now, I tell you what!

Forgot to prep food for DH to take to work. Got up with him for work and made him tuna before he left. No need to buy lunch out.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7011 on: September 06, 2016, 09:50:37 AM »
* I sewed a button on a pair of shorts that I am planning to use for my next vacation. Saves me the expense of buying another pair.

* Biked to work. Saved the parking fee.

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« Reply #7012 on: September 06, 2016, 02:22:55 PM »
Had some time to waste waiting for work to be done on my car.  I didn't have any errands to run and I don't like to window shop except in bookshops.  So I spent a very enjoyable half hour persuing the top 100 books section at the big bookshop in the mall.  I was, of course,  seized with the overwealming urge to buy myself a new book but then I thought better of it and whipped out my phone and recorded the names of the eight books I had liked the look of.   Have now come home and placed a hold on the titles at the library.   

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« Reply #7013 on: September 06, 2016, 02:40:23 PM »
I did not pay $120 for another month of yoga membership, instead opting to ride my bike to work in the morning hours I'm normally at yoga. I've biked to work 3 times now, 15 miles round trip, so I know it can be done!

This morning, my first day without the membership, we of course experienced a thunderstorm of epic proportions, so I did not get to bike to work. Instead of letting it get me down or wasting my morning, I still got up and just threw the yoga mat down in our living room and practiced away. I still saved money, and learned it's a lot less embarrassing to fall out of an arm balance in front of your cat than in front of class.  And the dog likes to stealth lick my face while in Shavasana -_-

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« Reply #7014 on: September 06, 2016, 06:11:39 PM »
Have a pretty nasty sore throat and usually this would be my favorite excuse for comfort takeout, BUT not for this reformed spendthrift : )

Made a hash out of my leftover roasted veggies and three sunny side up eggs on top. I am full, and so is my wallet!

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« Reply #7015 on: September 06, 2016, 08:19:42 PM »
Drove a little farther out of town to buy hay for $5 a bale instead of $7 a bale.  Worth it for 40 bales, and I got a free workout as well.

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« Reply #7016 on: September 06, 2016, 08:41:05 PM »
Took the bus to and from work today.  No car trips today. 

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« Reply #7017 on: September 06, 2016, 09:24:36 PM »
My friend gave me 14 tomatoes from her garden and I made tomato sauce. All the spices were from my herb garden too!

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« Reply #7018 on: September 07, 2016, 04:13:54 AM »
Line dried washing.

I got some cashback.

Eating leftovers.

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« Reply #7019 on: September 07, 2016, 07:18:45 AM »
-Returned library books the day before late fees applied
-Have been putting off purchasing dresses for a wedding and another event (too different to wear the same dress unfortunately) as I was dreading spending the money. Found an okay dress for $49, decided against  it and tried Goodwill instead- found two perfect, flattering dresses for $16 total.
-passing by the market they had an excess of spinach marked way down (85% off)- bought 10 bags for freezing to add into smoothies.
-Followed up on an outstanding tax rebate- they've said it'll be finalised this week- yay, $2k in the bank!
-resisted the urge to eat out for lunch, instead added pasta to leftover sauce.
-cut my own hair + DS hair, and the dogs nails.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7020 on: September 07, 2016, 07:43:53 AM »
Took the kids out for dinner yesterday, a special treat to celebrate the first day of school -- went to a restaurant running a "kids eat free" promotion every Tuesday so only my wife and I had to pay for our meals.

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« Reply #7021 on: September 07, 2016, 10:09:16 AM »
Canned about 30 pints of soup.  Planning to can more salsa tonight.

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« Reply #7022 on: September 07, 2016, 01:31:36 PM »
Harvested sorrel and borage greens for the chickens.

Harvested comfrey to mulch a planting bed.

Harvested an eggplant, a zucchini, little tomatoes, blackberries and two hidden-nest chicken eggs* for the humans.

* Hidden-egg chicken eggs to be tested for freshness before consumption.

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« Reply #7023 on: September 07, 2016, 01:55:07 PM »
Hidden-egg chicken eggs to be tested for freshness before consumption.

Oh I love that issue. If you eat them, and don't get sick, you are good. If you eat them, and do get sick...things get weird. But eat them!! :)

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« Reply #7024 on: September 07, 2016, 03:17:23 PM »
Hidden-egg chicken eggs to be tested for freshness before consumption.

Oh I love that issue. If you eat them, and don't get sick, you are good. If you eat them, and do get sick...things get weird. But eat them!! :)

Putting the egg in water and seeing how it sits on the bottom/if it floats is a pretty sound way to confirm freshness and if its good for consumption.  If it floats, do not eat!

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« Reply #7025 on: September 07, 2016, 03:18:09 PM »
Noticed the local Whole Foods had a couple of blueberry bushes behind it, sitting next to the dumpster. Remembered that last week they'd been sitting out front, looking steadily sorrier. Went inside, asked management if I could pay $10 for the lot ($40 at last week's prices), and was told "If they're out there we've already written them off, and dumpster diving is fine by me."

So now I'm... er... off to Home Depot to buy peat moss for use as a soil amendment. Partial win!

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« Reply #7026 on: September 07, 2016, 04:22:07 PM »
Hidden-egg chicken eggs to be tested for freshness before consumption.

Oh I love that issue. If you eat them, and don't get sick, you are good. If you eat them, and do get sick...things get weird. But eat them!! :)

Putting the egg in water and seeing how it sits on the bottom/if it floats is a pretty sound way to confirm freshness and if its good for consumption.  If it floats, do not eat!

They can also rot in the shell when they're sitting out in the heat.  We've had three bad, stinky eggs in the last couple weeks from our backyard hens.  So crack each one separately.  Don't do what I did, crack them directly into the pan and have the third one in ruin the whole pan of eggs (umm, last one in WAS the rotten egg!).

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7027 on: September 08, 2016, 09:51:58 AM »
Today:
*Got a refund online for a mistaken purchase (too button happy)
*Eating what we have instead of buying more
*Made my own chocolate with ingredients on hand
*Spent a while trying to locate a textbook instead of buying it again.  No luck but have thought of two new places to look.

Ongoing:
*Water heater is still off
*No debit card/cash use so all expenses go on air miles card
*Drying clothes on line

Recently:
*Spent some more time examining how to cut costs.  I find this to be therapeutic. 
*Cooked four things in oven at once to save electricity.

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« Reply #7028 on: September 08, 2016, 12:09:14 PM »
I made a rose-scented face wash out of items I had on hand when I ran out of the $$$ face wash I prefer and couldn't bear the face wash I dislike (it dries out my skin like mad and is not good). And then I put it in a pretty bottle and printed a label for it, and it's on my counter and smells lovely and helps my skin feels soft and makes me happy and it didn't cost anything.

And then I decided my basement smelled musty, and I was out of the linen spray I got as a gift, but I had some citrus and lavender essential oils, so I searched online and made my own and opened the windows and washed curtains and spritzed them lightly with the linen spray and now my basement smells non-musty and nice. Cost: 1 load of laundry.

It's sometimes the little things in life.

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« Reply #7029 on: September 08, 2016, 12:10:57 PM »
A couple months ago I gave away extra Roma tomato plants to people at work. Mine were in containers and did horribly, but one lady's went gangbusters, so she brought in a bag for me! I have just enough fresh basil left to make a batch of homemade sauce. Karma!


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7030 on: September 08, 2016, 12:50:27 PM »
Saved $1 by buying a different brand of eggs than the ones I normally get (sorry free-range birdies, you'll get my $ once I'm on top of my debt situation).

Also, yesterday I returned some gear to REI I didn't need, and got back $630.  Wooty woot.

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« Reply #7031 on: September 08, 2016, 12:59:33 PM »
patched a sock last night.  did a horrible job too.  oh well, it's sort of like a hobby.

re-scheduled a birthday lunch so I can finish some leftovers before they spoil.

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« Reply #7032 on: September 08, 2016, 01:05:02 PM »
Used the lunch special at a local place to get lunch for under 3$.  Saved my lunch for tomorrow.  Send resume over to a new company in my town to change jobs and eliminate my 56 mile one-way commute (facepunch me I know, I'm working on it).

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« Reply #7033 on: September 08, 2016, 01:07:44 PM »
Used the lunch special at a local place to get lunch for under 3$.  Saved my lunch for tomorrow.  Send resume over to a new company in my town to change jobs and eliminate my 56 mile one-way commute (facepunch me I know, I'm working on it).

Nice!  Good luck getting the new gig.

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« Reply #7034 on: September 08, 2016, 02:39:23 PM »
In Feb of 2016 I convinced my workplace that an organic employee garden would be beneficial for employee health and well being. I got a group together and we planned out all aspects of the garden, created a budget and got it approved, installed the beds, ordered dirt and set up a planting date (square foot gardening method), set up schedules for general maintenance and watering, etc.

Long story short, the "garden group" gets to bring home tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, rhubarb, peas, fresh herbs and flowers, etc., completely company funded. And I get to take a quick break from cubicle hell whenever I feel like it.

So it's not something I ~did~ today, but I did get to take home free food today.

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« Reply #7035 on: September 08, 2016, 03:02:58 PM »
In Feb of 2016 I convinced my workplace that an organic employee garden would be beneficial ...

Nice!!  Wish my workplace culture would permit that... :/

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« Reply #7036 on: September 08, 2016, 07:59:32 PM »
Forgot my pre-prepared lunch today, left it in the fridge at home by accident.

However, I will eat it for dinner tonight, and, I have my desk drawer stash of cheap cans of soup :-)

Haven't hit up the Campus cafeteria for months and months :-)

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« Reply #7037 on: September 08, 2016, 11:37:41 PM »
* Received a $10 Amazon gift card for doing a traffic survey last month.

* Won a 4-pack of LED bulbs for entering an energy-savings giveaway.

* Made banana-walnut muffins to use up some aging bananas and cream cheese we had in the fridge.

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« Reply #7038 on: September 08, 2016, 11:41:10 PM »
patched a sock last night.  did a horrible job too.  oh well, it's sort of like a hobby.

re-scheduled a birthday lunch so I can finish some leftovers before they spoil.
LOL!

I added a band to the top of my gifted merino wool low rise long johns.  (I am NOT a low rise kind of girl, they constantly felt like falling off "plumbers crack").   The uneven repair is HORRIBLE looking, but works and is comfy.   

Done and Done.

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« Reply #7039 on: September 09, 2016, 04:26:46 AM »
Line dried laundry again.

I cut up my brown bananas to freeze them to make smoothies.

Leftovers for my meals again.


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« Reply #7040 on: September 09, 2016, 08:52:33 AM »
Line dried laundry again.

I cut up my brown bananas to freeze them to make smoothies.

Leftovers for my meals again.

Your brown bananas remind me: I did 2-ingredient cookies (http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/) with pumpkin pie flavor palette. This saved 2 ways: helping me resist a certain latte that is back at an expensive coffee chain (AHEM) and use up some bananas.

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« Reply #7041 on: September 09, 2016, 09:30:29 AM »
Line dried laundry again.

I cut up my brown bananas to freeze them to make smoothies.

Leftovers for my meals again.

Your brown bananas remind me: I did 2-ingredient cookies (http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/) with pumpkin pie flavor palette. This saved 2 ways: helping me resist a certain latte that is back at an expensive coffee chain (AHEM) and use up some bananas.
That recipe looks tasty!  I over bought bananas last weekend, so I know what I'll do if I have any that turn on me.

For breakfast, I had leftover baguette that was a little hard (microwaved it and it was fine) with my eggs.  I also double bagged the bread and tossed it in the freezer.  When I want baguette, I'll toss it in the oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

I'm in the process of using up my tea stash.  While I really want to buy more black tea (my normal morning beverage), I'm drinking down my other tea.  This morning I had a pleasant green tea with tropical flavors.  In order to use up the entire leftover amount, I made an entire pot.  I put the remainder in the fridge for ice tea tomorrow.


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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7042 on: September 09, 2016, 11:11:53 AM »
Long time lurker here! Excited that this thread is my first post! Reading all of these really has me inspired, I've been trying to keep this thread in mind so recently I:

- purchased 8 packages of strawberries, 6 mangos, and 3 pints of blue berries all for $15. Some went to friends but most of the strawberries became jam and everything else went in the freezer for smoothies!
- made a blueberry lemon bread from some of the blueberries
- I have to use natural deodorant and after running out of the stuff I usually order online I decided to try an new one. This was a mistake but rather than cave and buy my regular I have been using the new one and have just been putting on an extra spray of perfume.
- had friends over the weekend and not all the food got used up. Instead of taking any with them they insisted I keep it for driving them everywhere, a place to stay, etc. so I had a fridge full of food and a very low grocery bill this week!

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« Reply #7043 on: September 09, 2016, 11:18:25 AM »
Your brown bananas remind me: I did 2-ingredient cookies (http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/) with pumpkin pie flavor palette. This saved 2 ways: helping me resist a certain latte that is back at an expensive coffee chain (AHEM) and use up some bananas.

Thanks for posting that! I've never tried those 2 or 3 ingredient cookies before but those look tasty.

Thank you both!

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« Reply #7044 on: September 09, 2016, 12:07:57 PM »
I am dehydrating tomatoes as suggested by several of you...   It has been nearly 24 hrs in the dehydrator, and they are still wet, but soldiering on..

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« Reply #7045 on: September 09, 2016, 03:11:11 PM »
I am dehydrating tomatoes as suggested by several of you...   It has been nearly 24 hrs in the dehydrator, and they are still wet, but soldiering on..

I am drying tomatoes too!

I finally realized I should dry my summer basil rather than letting it get killed by frost then composting it! Duh!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7046 on: September 09, 2016, 03:13:47 PM »
I am dehydrating tomatoes as suggested by several of you...   It has been nearly 24 hrs in the dehydrator, and they are still wet, but soldiering on..

I am drying tomatoes too!

I finally realized I should dry my summer basil rather than letting it get killed by frost then composting it! Duh!

Basil just gets all brown when I dry it...   but try dicing it into butter and freezing little packs (ice cube trays) for use when sauteeing in future.  Wrap and keep frozen in ziploc bags.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7047 on: September 09, 2016, 05:11:24 PM »
I am dehydrating tomatoes as suggested by several of you...   It has been nearly 24 hrs in the dehydrator, and they are still wet, but soldiering on..

I am drying tomatoes too!

I finally realized I should dry my summer basil rather than letting it get killed by frost then composting it! Duh!

Basil just gets all brown when I dry it...   but try dicing it into butter and freezing little packs (ice cube trays) for use when sauteeing in future.  Wrap and keep frozen in ziploc bags.

Ooohh, basil butter.  Thanks for the idea!  I've made a crapload of pesto already, but herb butters need to happen.

I'm making a huge batch of yogurt today with milk, cream and a yogurt starter that were all marked down.

Found the flip-top bottles I wanted for my kombucha for $1.99 each at Marshall's, whereas they're about $8 apiece on Amazon.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7048 on: September 09, 2016, 07:37:04 PM »
This week I ran out of brown sugar and white sugar. Ran out of honey a while ago.

I've been cutting down sugar in my tea for a while and the last few days drank it without - by necessity. Now I think I can just skip the sugar in the future altogether!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #7049 on: September 09, 2016, 09:45:50 PM »
In re preserving soft herbs, another option is to chop them and put them in these Ball freezer trays ( http://amzn.to/2c0xGw8 ) with olive oil and then just pop 'em out as needed. You can also use the same technique for saving dish-size portions of things like lemon zest.

Recent savings:
* Found sugar for $0.25 a pound so purchased several pounds to add to our pantry/stockpile.

* Think I figured out how to turn the carob pods that fall in our yard into a free seasonal source of chicken feed.
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